GOD'S TIMING


Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

John 11:40

In the Gospel of John, Jesus receives a message that his friend Lazarus is ill, and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, are seeking his help. He's about one day away, and yet Scripture says that when Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, instead of hurrying to see Lazarus, Jesus remained where he was two more days. Have you ever been in a situation where you needed God to answer a prayer, and you needed Him to answer now? But it seemed as if God was silent. When Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. So Martha went out to meet him. But Mary stayed at home. "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "I wish you had been here! Martha went home to get Mary, and when Mary reached the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she fell to his feet. She said, "Lord, I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died." It's hard for us to grasp God's timing when His timetable and ours don't line up at all. When it seemed like Jesus was too late when there was no hope, He asked for the grave's stone to be removed, but Martha interjected that there would be a smell. To which Jesus responds, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" The gravestone was rolled away, and then Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. As a result of this incredible miracle, many people believed that Jesus was the Son of God and put their faith in Christ. God is never too early, and He's never too late. Unfortunately, Tusting Him often requires not knowing how He will accomplish what needs to be done and when He will do it.

REFLECT

Do you believe that God controls all the details of your life, including your business? Do you believe that God's timing is always the best?

I find these questions can be life-giving when struggling with the unknown.